The U.S. government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they’re a photographer’s secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not

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Bebop, Parrot’s latest drone, can be controlled using an Oculus Rift headset.Telepathically invading the consciousness of a flying crow, the way Bran Stark does to snoop on his enemies, may exist only in the realm of fantasy. But consumer drone maker Parrot has invented the next best thing: Over the weekend the company unveiled the Bebop, which can be tethered to an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.Read Full Story

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A QF-4 unmanned fighter jet. Image: USAFLast week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that, back in March, a US Airways jet nearly collided with a drone near Tallahassee, Florida. That much we know. The facts of the case are still a mystery, so it’s premature to ground the whole industry over it.The FAA has been looking for a case to justify its current drone policy, which states that extremely cautious commercial integration of drones into the national airspace is the correct way forward

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If you’re a fan of smartphone-controlled quadcopters, Parrot’s new drone is going to be on your Christmas list.

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Drone aircraft photography won an Academy Award this year for technical achievement and is increasingly beckoning Hollywood studios seeking dramatic aerial footage at low cost.
There’s just one holdup: it’s illegal in the U.S.
The regulatory uncertainty over commercial unmanned aircraft flights has led movie makers to join a wave of sometimes competing interest groups trying to influence U.S

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